Greenway awards $49,500 in grants

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ALBANY – Five Hudson Valley communities received a total of $49,500 in matching grants from the Hudson River Valley Greenway for projects that will help create historical trails, improve public access, and spur community revitalization.
The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides funding to participating Greenway communities to further a regional planning strategy consistent with the five Greenway criteria: regional planning, natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, and heritage and environmental education. The next deadline for Greenway Grants Program is September 9, 2016.
“These five projects will help to improve walkability, public access to the Hudson River, and shape future growth and preservation in these communities,” said Mark Castiglione, acting Greenway executive director.
The five projects receiving grants:

$10,000 to the Village of Highland Falls, Orange County, to conduct a waterfront redevelopment feasibility study that would contribute to future public access to the Hudson River.
$10,000 to the Village of Irvington, Westchester County, to implement the elements of their “Main Street” revitalization plan and enhance the pedestrian experience of the village center.   
$12,500 to the Village of Mount Kisco, Westchester County, to create a series of historical hiking trails within various green spaces and public streets throughout the Village.
$7,000 to the Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, to update the Village/Town Master Plan. The plan will help guide the development of the community and ensure the sustainability of its resources.

$10,000 to the Village of Warwick, Orange County, to update the Village’s Comprehensive Plan. The planning process will include community engagement and seek to include Greenway Compact principles that will help shape community design, growth, and resource protection.